3 Ways to Get the Most out of Your New Yoga Practice

Rose Waldeier
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I am a big believer in timing. I believe that somehow, someway, the right things come to us just when we need them. To me, Yoga is a journey that has presented itself to me at precisely the right time. After a month of practice, I am already enjoying how Yoga restores my mind, body, and spirit. If you, like me, are new to the practice here is some insight to help within the first few weeks of your Yoga journey.
1. Consistency is key
You may very well feel refreshed and relaxed after your first Yoga class, but if you approach Yoga as just another workout, you may be tempted to dismiss it at the first sign of struggle. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself the first few weeks. Just take the time to practice at least once a day. Remember, there is no competition. As long as you listen to your instructors and your body, you will be a-ok.

2. Be kind to yourself
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. This couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to beginning your Yoga practice. It is so tempting to beat yourself up because you can’t get into crow pose like the super-fit athletic girl on the mat next to you. There is no Yoga police. You aren’t being graded. This journey is all about self-love!
3. Embrace the change
Perhaps one of the most surprising benefits of Yoga is how it seeps into every area of your life. You may notice how you choose your words more carefully when interacting with loved ones. You may surprise yourself by your ability to choose healthier foods simply because they make you feel better. Yoga makes you feel good! Your mind, body, and spirit are encouraging you to make healthier decisions in all facets of life because it helps you continue to feel peaceful. Don’t fight it (and you probably won’t), just fall in love with the changes within!
Are you new to Yoga? What benefits have you noticed that were maybe unexpected? We would love to hear from you in the comments below. 

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Rose Waldeier

Rose is a recent college graduate with her bachelor's degree in English and graphic design. She lives with her husband in southern Iowa. She is new to the practice of Yoga, and is LOVING it! Her favorite part is learning from others about their Yoga journey.

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